Professional photo studio visits are pretty hit or miss with Nathan.
At five months old, we took him to Picture People and it was a disaster. Nate wanted nothing to do with it and the photographer wasn't particularly adept.
At nine months, we took him to JCPenney and it was fan-freakin'-tastic. He was happy, the photographer was amazing, and we got dozens of great photos.
We want back again shortly after his first birthday and had the same photographer. Once again J.C. (Yes, that was her name) managed to get us some great stuff with what he did sit still for. By then he was fully mobile and didn't like not being allowed to move.
Around the holidays last year, we went to a different JCPenney for a two-family shoot with his cousin Ava and everyone on Katie's side of the family. It was Picture People levels of horrible.
Yesterday, we went back to JCPenney for his (very late) two year shoot and our family photos. J.C. was no longer there. We got another photographer who didn't get on very well with Nathan who was all over the place as expected. He did not want to sit still at all but, despite this, he did present many opportunities for decent photos. She just never had her camera ready. I was standing behind the photog attempting to get Nathan's attention and it worked a lot but she was never at the ready. As a result, we only got 10 shots of him total. Not 10 good ones out of a batch of many, 10 total.
At least they were 10 decent shots. Six of just Nathan, three of Nathan and Katie, and one of all three of us. We tried for shots of him and me but it wasn't happening.
Here's what we've got so far (so long as the link works). Skip the social media login pop up that you see.
We might have to find a new studio next year. Or stalk J.C.